The Sea in Birmingham

Posted: September 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: authors, events, short stories, writing | Tags: , , | No Comments »

SiBwebI’ve been attending the Tindal Street Fiction Group for several years and this October, 2013, sees the launch of the group’s 30-year celebration anthology, The Sea in Birmingham. My story – Mr Spider – is one of twenty-two stories from established authors and emerging writers who are all past or present members of TSFG. The collection has been edited by Julia Bell and Gaynor Arnold and you can find information about the other contributors (including Amanda Smyth, Gaynor Arnold, Alan Beard and Mick Scully) on the TSFG website and pre-order a copy of the anthology from Amazon.

The launch takes place on October 12th 2013 at the new Birmingham Library and the event will be part of the Birmingham Literature Festival. You can book free tickets for the event here.

Here’s what some other people have said about the collection:

A vivid evocation of place, a cast of richly imagined characters and stories that stay with you. This is The Sea in Birmingham and it’’s full of pearls. – Catherine O’’Flynn

This selection of 22 stories set in or around Birmingham – inventive, muscular, painful, witty, surprising, various – has the feel of the city but the scale of the times. – David Edgar

A collection of fine stories that wander the familiar streets of the West Midlands, revealing intimate lives with passionate prose. These writers brought me back home. – Cathy Galvin

 

Here are some pictures from the launch:


In the teeth of the novel

Posted: June 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: writing | Tags: | No Comments »

I’ve been rather busy with work and writing over the last three months and have let the blogging slip. Sorry. But there have been some interesting developments re: new novel. About three months ago I sent the first 80,000 words to my agent. It’s a nail-biting experience sending such a wet baby off for scrutiny – and this novel – unlike the other two – has had a forceps delivery. So when my agent came back with some sound but gulp-worthy crits I had to get my head down and do some serious hard labour. So there you are – I’ve been off the map for weeks and weeks, but I’ll try and put some posts up very soon.

In other news, I have become a member of the Tindal Street Fiction Group.


Discovering A Song of Jean

Posted: May 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: authors, diary, writing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted here – work/family have been filling my time but I’ve also been hacking apart an almost complete novel and trying to put it back together again. This involves courage – and some writing. I’m determined to have a new #1 draft by the beginning of the summer so I can take a few weeks off before the rewriting process begins – so this post might be my lot for another few weeks.

In the last couple of months I have been accepted as a member of the Tindal Street Fiction Group (TSFG). The group meets once a fortnight and so far I’m enjoying the experience. The evening goes like this: reading, analysis, pub. An excellent format in my opinion. I’ve never belonged to a writing group before and although TSFG has been established for years it doesn’t feel cliquey.

I have just discovered – while writing this post and trying to find links to TSFG – that one of the members, Sybil Ruth, is the author of a poem that I have read and reread since I first came across it last year. The poem won the Mslexia Poetry Competition and is called A Song of Jean – and you can read it here.

I suddenly feel even more chuffed about being a member of TSFG.